Swine flu conversation questions

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Pandemic precautions

  • In your country, was the pandemic of 2009 called "swine flu" or "H1N1"?
Swine flu is the name of the disease; H1N1 is the name of the virus that causes the disease
  • What (if anything) do you think you can personally do to reduce your chance of being infected in a pandemic?
  • What do you think you should do if you get an infection? Should you go to work (or school) or not?
  • How would you react if a colleague came in to work who seemed to be infected?
  • What (if anything) do you think the government should or could do to reduce people's chance of infection?
  • What difference (if any) do you think that closing borders would make?
  • How many food scares/health scares can you think of over the last few years? Which ones turned out to be serious?
  • Are you buying any medicines in case a pandemic strikes?
  • Do you think that wearing a mask makes much difference to your contracting an infection or does it just give psychological support?
  • How much difference do you think that washing your hands would make?
  • The pandemic of 2009 seems to have started in pigs. Would not eating pork make you safer?


  • What is the present swine flu situation in your country?
  • Do you think you will experience a deadly pandemic or do you think there is a lot of exaggeration?
  • Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen within the next fifteen years?
    • An earthquake in Los Angeles.
    • An asteroid strike.
    • A deadly pandemic.


  • Did people travel less to Asia because of the bird flu and SARS scares? How long did the scares last?
  • How would you feel about travelling to a country with a significant outbreak?
  • In what ways do you think a pandemic would effect the world's financial systems?
  • Which business do you think would be helped by a pandemic and which business would be damaged?


  • Do you think that vaccinations are useful or dangerous?
  • Can you explain how vaccinations work?
  • Do you usually receive a vaccination for flu in the winter? How is the vaccination given to you?
  • Are you going to receive a swine flu vaccination?
  • How much would you be prepared to pay for a vaccination?
  • Often vaccines are developed by governments and not drugs companies. Why do you think this is?
  • Is it moral for companies to make big profits by selling life-saving drugs? Would they develop them if they couldn’t make big profits?
  • What is the difference between an antibody and an antibiotic? Will they both have an effect on the flu virus?

Vaccine rejection

While the only to be sure that you won't get swine flu is to have a vaccination [1], some people don't like the idea of being vaccinated. All the following statements can be found on the web. Rate them as: (a) I believe this very sensible statement. (b) There could possibly be some truth in this though it seems improbable. (c) This is absurd.

  • Although the WHO has distributed the vaccine to the whole world it has not been properly tested and could kill people.
  • Eating vitamin D and garlic and avoiding sugar will be more effective than the vaccine.
  • Only the weak need vaccines so I'm not having one.
  • If you only eat organic food then you will be safe.
  • Vaccine companies will make money out of the vaccine so I'm not going to take it even though my government has already paid for it.
  • The vaccine is toxic, and it's a plot by the UN who want to reduce the world's population.


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